Nicki Minaj marries convicted sex offender after announcing she’s retired from music

She and Kenneth 'Zoo' Petty had been dating for a year

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Rapper Nicki Minaj has announced she has got married to her boyfriend of one-year Kenneth Petty.

Taking to social media to announce the news, she posted a video of a couple's "bride" and "groom" hat as well as mugs.

She captioned the video, "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10.21.19."

Her followers were quick to comment, congratulating the music star on her wedding. One user wrote, "Aw congrats sis ❤️❤️", while another wrote, "Congrats boo!!!!! 😍😍😍😍."

A third wrote, "Can we see the ring now please?!" and a fourth added, "Where's the photos of you and Kenneth? Where did you get married? What's the ring like? I have so many questions that need answering!"

CHECK OUT: Nicki Minaj's best music collaborations


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Nicki Minaj and Drake

After both featuring on the iconic 'Bed Rock' back in 2009, Drake and Nicki joined forces with one another again in 2010 to bring us the hit single 'Moment 4 Life'.

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Rihanna and Nicki Minaj

A some-what iconic duo, who can forget Nicki's huge collabs with pop superstar Rihanna?! 2010 brought us the incredibly catchy 'Raining Men', with the pair teaming up again in 2012 with 'Fly'.

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David Guetta and Nicki Minaj - 'Turn Me On'

Over the years, Nicki has featured on a number of massive David Guetta tracks. But their 2011 single 'Turn Me On' is an absolute classic!

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Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj - 'Beauty and the Beat'

Nicki featured on Justin Bieber's 2012 hit 'Beauty and the Beat', a song which delivered one of the best music videos ever!

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Madonna feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj - 'Give Me All Your Luvin'

A collab we never saw coming, but what a collab it was! When Nicki, M.I.A. and Madonna got together in the 2012, 'Give Me All Your Luvin' was a huge hit.

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Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - 'Bang Bang'

Nicki teamed up with British artist Jessie J and American sweetheart Ariana Grande in 2014. The trio released the hit single 'Bang Bang', with fans loving the collab.

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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - 'Side To Side'

Following the success of 'Bang Bang', Nicki and Ariana Grande teamed up once again in 2016, with Nicki providing vocals on Ari's hit single 'Side To Side'.

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Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj - 'Swish Swish'

The pair teamed up back in 2017 on Katy's iconic track 'Swish Swish', which featured on her fifth studio album 'Witness'.

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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

After previous success working together, it seems anything Nicki and Ariana work on together turns to gold. The pair teamed up yet again in 2018 on the single 'Bed' and 'The Light Is Coming'.

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Little Mix and Nicki Minaj - 'Woman Like Me'

In 2018, Nicki only went and joined forces with Little Mix! The girls released 'Woman Like Me' as the lead single from their fifth studio album 'LM5'.

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Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj - 'Say So'

After the viral success of Doja Cat's 'Say So' in 2020, thanks to the mighty powers of TikTok, fans were overjoyed when the singer teamed up with Nicki to release a new remix of the popular track.

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Jesy Nelson with Nicki Minaj - 'Boyz'

After Jesy officially left Little Mix in December 2020, she began to tease fans with upcoming solo music. Fans were thrilled when the singer dropped her first solo single on 8th October 2021. The track 'Boyz' features none other than Nicki Minaj herself!

News of Nicki's marriage comes after she brought back her popular radio show, Queen Radio, in June and updated her fans on her love life.

She told fans she'd got a marriage license and getting pregnant would be her "end goal."

The 36-year-old said she was now in her "happy place" and enjoying "downtime", after a busy few years.

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She confessed, "I think I have what I was striving for - just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place.

"Now that I'm there I don't want to compromise that for anyone or anything.

"Certain travelling things I don't wanna do it. I'm just enjoying my downtime."

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Nicki hit headlines last year after revealing Kenneth was her boyfriend.

It caused controversy after it was revealed he was convicted of attempted rape in 1995. He was sentenced to between 18 and 54 months in jail. Kenneth remains a registered sex offender in the state of New York.

He later spent seven years in prision for manslaughter from 2006 after he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter following the deadly shooting of Lamont Robinson.

News of the marriage comes after Nicki took to Twitter to say that she's retiring from music.

Last month, she wrote: "I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now."

She subsequently deleted the tweet.

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